I'm a "big picture" kind of girl - I look at things in the future as to how I handle them now.
When Seth was born, Jeremy and I both agreed that we would offer him a pacifier. We both were under the mindset that a pacifier is easier to throw away than a thumb. Fortunately, we had absolutely no problems with Seth taking a pacifier as a baby and giving it up at 18 months.
So we tried it again with the twins. Jack and Ian both like their pacifiers but have always had a difficult time keeping it in their mouths. Jack likes the Soothie pacifiers (they mimic a bottle nipple). We bought a Wubbanub pacifier (a Soothie pacifier with a stuffed animal attach to it so that it help them hold the pacifier in their mouths). It's working okay...he still has a difficult time keeping it in his mouth. Ian likes the NUK pacifiers. And he really does a good job keeping it in his mouth.
Several weeks ago, Ian discovered the art of thumb sucking and that it offered immediate soothing. At times when they were both screaming and couldn't keep a pacifier in their mouths, I'll admit, it was nice for him to self-soothe this way. However, the "big picture girl" in me knew that this would be a bad habit to break down the road. So I would gently take his thumb out of his mouth and replace it with a pacifier.
This brings us to today. Am I really up for that battle? The hard-headedness in me says "YES! We can win!" But the sleepiness in me says "ah, just fight it later."
I know what I need to do - persistence. I'm sure I'll end up sucking it up and replacing the pacifier every chance I get (...starting after my nap).